Recently I was privileged to help coordinate a Saturday worth of Rock Climbing and Rappelling for the kids at Ciudad Nueva. This was not only a wonderful opportunity to get our kids out in the sun where God’s handiwork is clearly visible everywhere you turn, but it was also a great opportunity for me to take on more leadership responsibilities. To fully understand why this was all so impactful for me, I’m gonna need to backtrack a bit.
This most recent summer I was a summer intern for an organization in Jinotega, Nicaragua. Several years ago, God made it clear to me that he had created me for International Mission Work. I’ve been blessed with an abundance of opportunities to share the Good News with God’s children all over the world, including here in America. I was given the opportunity to move to Nicaragua after my internship to help lead/begin a ministry focused on youth at risk. For reasons unbeknownst to me at the time, God wanted me to join the Border Fellows Program here in El Paso, Tx. I was incredibly confused at the time, but I’ve learned through the years not to ignore the pulling of the Spirit. So I jumped on a plane, grabbed some belongings, and headed down to Texas. Now I’d love to share with you some of the reasons that I believe God led me here.
(A few of the Ciudad Nueva kids and Border Fellows)
My first couple of weeks here was fairly chaotic. I’ve always been great with kids in short spurts, but never before had I been challenged with a continual walk alongside them before. I was asked to work with the middle schoolers as they were in need of more male leadership. Not to say that the leadership was doing a poor job and I needed to step in and take over. Far from it, I’m learning more and more just how wonderful a staff Ciudad Nueva in general has. One of the greatest aspects of the Border Fellow program in general to me is how they have such a fantastic support system. If I had been trying to do this on my own, I would have burned out months ago. Instead, I have faced countless challenges of how to really show love to these kids and come out stronger. From our incredibly challenging and insightful classes on Fridays, to having a supportive host family, to a wonderfully caring coordinator Megan Feuille, and just a family like atmosphere with Ciudad Nueva staff, I’ve been given a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow from both mistakes and successes. I wish I could share more details of just how that is the case, but I’m going to jump back ahead to my present circumstances.
At the beginning of my time here, I was fairly wide eyed and unsure of how to move forward in God’s calling me here. After the weekend with Ascend Outdoor Adventure (the organization based out of Austin, Tx that gave our kids the wonderful experience to rock climb and rappel), I’m walking away with a renewed confidence in God’s work through my life. I saw kids not only trusting the rope and other equipment needed to ensure their safety, but they trusted me to help guide them up the rock even though they continually told me just how scared they were. This is the essence of Border Fellows to me. This is a program that shows you how to become so in tune with God that Jesus spills out of your own life and into the life of the children here. This is not something that can be used just in El Paso, Tx. I have seen sin and poverty take hold of people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the whole world. It comes in different forms, but Border Fellows teaches the basic foundations of how to better become ministers of reconciliation as we are called to be in 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. I thank God for leading me to such a wonderful program. The best part is that I’m barely halfway through the program. I can’t wait to see what else God has in mind for the downtown El Paso area. God Bless!
(Me and Gustavo, one of the high schoolers at Ciudad Nueva)
Written by Caleb Rine, 2014-2015 Border Fellow